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About bornagainbass65

  • Birthday 30/11/1964

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  1. I have one of these and they are great little cabs that produce a good quality clean sound. I play EUB with a big band and it easily copes with gigs in small to medium venues and rehearsals. Lightweight, one handed carry, easy to fit in the back of a car alongside a load of other gear. I think you would be getting a lot of cab for your money. GLWTS.
  2. I am glad this is getting some love. I read something where she said she has tried loads of basses but loves the MM.
  3. I like these guys - an Aussie trio who are 'just' a gigging covers band playing small venues, but they are all super musicians (imho). Well worth a follow on Facebook or a look on YouTube. I searched Rebecca Johnson on Basschat and didn't come up with a result, so thought I better put that right... Dave B.
  4. This turned up on my timeline. If we can sell six inches of old bass string for £22 then I reckon a few of us are sitting on a gold mine... Merry Christmas, everyone!
  5. Here's the bar that I got with my 3rd hand harley benton. If you think of it as a letter C then the height of the C is 30cm. (See crappy photo.) The bottom of the C sticks out about 28cm from the angle. The top of the C sticks out about 18cm from the angle. The pipe is around 12mm diameter. I don't use the metal thing, I found it a bit uncomfortable. I bodged together a wooden rest out of bit of pine and some wooden dowel. My DIY skills are terrible but it works OK. I painted it black, same as the bass, and it looks ok. (Needs a new lick of paint).
  6. This video shows off his right hand technique - as well as a lovely mellow composition. He has long fingers and keeps them straight, just bending at the knuckle. It makes sense when you watch the vid. Also, having Jacob Collier in your band can't do any harm.
  7. I saw Misha Mullov-Abbado's band tonight at Chelt Music Festival. It was a crossover gig which mixed a classic cellist, the MM-A band playing cool, melodic jazz, and then performing as the backing band for the Strictly Come Dancing star AJ + partner Jessica, doing some show dances. An eclectic mix, but it meant I got to enjoy the jazz and my teenage daughter got to hear some jazz whilst ogling at AJ. Misha is a fantastic db player and composer - try and catch him/his band. I really enjoyed his music because whilst it was virtuosic (may have made that word up) it was also melodic and structured i.e. the right balance of interesting/pleasant. I bought a couple of CDs and so far so good.
  8. Anyone else read that to the tune of 'Three cigarettes in an ashtray...'?
  9. I haven't got a clue but I wouldn't be surprised if a luthier bought it for £500-£700, did it up, added a string, and sold it on for £1.5k.
  10. I don't go to many gigs but ended up on the front row for this. Here's a terrible picture... 😆
  11. I wouldn't be surprised if your home made bridge works perfectly well. Fingers crossed. There's also a trick where you put a piece of bicycle inner tube under one of the bridge legs to give you more of a double bass tone. Seems unlikely but It worked on mine. If home made doesn't work, Gollihur in the US sell an adustable bridge for EUBs which they say is the same one as on the Eminence EUBs. It costs about 80 dollars, plus delivery, plus a 20 quid customs charge to Royal Mail, so all in somewhere around 120 quid, I think. You still need to cut it to size and sand/file it down to get the width you want. I've seen videos that say when you cut the grooves for the strings don't make them too deep and draw in them with a pencil, as the graphite helps the strings to move in the slots, and less likely to pull the bridge over when you tighten the strings up. The other thing to do to get a better sound is, of course, to put decent strings on, if you haven't already. Putting Innovation Honeys on mine made a big improvement. Oh, and practice! Good luck.
  12. If you can get down (up?) the M5 to Stroud I recommend Richard Fitton-Perkins. He teaches classical arco double bass, jazz pizz double bass and bass guitar. You can find him via site called musicteacher.co.uk. I go for lessons and use his lovely double bass.
  13. I just had my first theatre pit band experience playing bass for a very good amateur production of A Christmas Carol at Cheltenham Playhouse. The score is by Alan Menken (Disney composer). As I am an amateur player of modest ability I found some parts of it pretty demanding. Luckily the other musicians were fantastic. I had a great time and learned a lot. Here are some lesson that might be useful for other pit band novices: 1) Practice, practice, practice 2) Copy your score and put it together in such a way that page turns are minimised. (I bought an A3 ringbound drawing pad which enabled me to have up to four A4 pages in view at once, which meant I could do the page turns when I had rests.) I then attached a bit of hardboard to my music stand to support it. 3) If you are using a bass score that doesn’t include any words/lyrics then write some of them in. This will help keep track of where you are, and make life easier if you have 20 bar rests to count through, or tricky entries. 4) Make sure you have a decent music stand light. (I found that a cheap clip on lamp from B&Q did the trick, and meant I didn’t have to worry about flat batteries.) 5) If there is a professional sound system/foldback then consider going headphones into a DI, and do away with the amp. Controversial, I know, but in the confines of a tiny theatre pit you may not want an amp, unless you are prepared to sit on it. Wearing headphones should mean you can get your own mix, and protects you if your head is only 10 inches away from the crash cymbal (as mine was). 6) Make sure you can hear the cast, and ideally see them to. Singers will sometimes miss intros or come in at a random place in the bar, and it’s your job to support them. 7) But don’t start watching the show – you’ll get distracted. 8) Make friends with the sound guy, particularly if you aren’t using your own amp. 9) Make sure you can see the MD or conductor (if you are lucky enough to have one). (If you wear glasses then varifocals might be useful.) 10) Consider bringing a cushion to sit on and a water bottle to drink from. Don't have a curry before the show! In a confined space, comfort is everything. 11) Don’t worry about the mistakes you will inevitably make, just concentrate on playing the next three bars correctly, then the next three... 12) If you are playing every evening for four or five days, and twice on Saturday, then try and time off from your day job. You’ll be knackered. 13) Make friends with the cast. With the right people involved putting on a show can be a great, team-building experience. Hope this list helps someone, somewhere… Feel free to add more/better advice. Dave.
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